Dead & Company Live at Wrigley Field on 2021-09-18
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- 2021-09-20 02:17:01
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- Taped by
- Jeff Travitz
- Transferred by
- Keith Litzenberger
- Wrigley Field
Subject: Best D/c show and a fine recording
Like the Hartford show, the first set is wonderful but the second set is for the ages. Even if one has to assume that Althea opened the show because it had been cut from the previous night’s first set, it’s hard for someone who used to jot down (ok, neatly print) fantasy setlists during class to not love this opener. The Uncle John’s and He’s Gone are both among the best; finally JM’s leads have some gravitas and are really starting to say something (and better than that, they are beginning to say more than one thing at a time knowhatimsayin’?,) the drummers are once again formidable and Bobby is at the peak of his powers and free to play because after all the years of slow tempos, the band can confidently play through these complicated changes. This is how these two songs should sound in 2021, an era when UJB makes more sense than it ever has (truly the time of “what now?”) The crowd almost drowning out the singers on this aud brings a tear to the eye. It was nice not to see 30,000 people who looked exactly like me this tour. Nice to see folks of other genders and races and birthdates later than 1970.
Again, this first set is great just like the first sets in Saratoga, Cuyahoga and Deer Creek were great, if a little brief. Can Jack Straw use a little more condensing? Yes. More like 4/4/86 please. Second set is surely a “best of” and contains a few. I love China Cats that open second sets and I love China cats that take their time doing so. I also have no quarrel with the expansion of the song via the jam after v2 though you should make a breadcrumb trail b/c it’s easy to get lost in it. I think this is the best “I Know You Rider” especially the heart-wrenching finale. Dead/co don’t sound like such a young band anymore. This Estimated> Eyes breaks new harmonic ground, the former courtesy of BW’s new approach to chordal shading in the jam and in Eyes, JM finds new notes that Jerry never revealed, as hard to believe as this sounds. What a classic pre-Drums! In 86, that’d be 35 minute pre-drums but it’s much longer here.
I’m only reviewing via audio but I feel like this Drums has all the elements of many of the Drums on the tour: the triple drumming of Oteil, Mickey and Bill, Mickey’s voice samples and a unique spacey part. This leads into a fully realized version of Milestones and the song of the tour: Days Between, an even better one than the one in Saratoga with a nice understated, insect-fear lead by JM. The shocker is the HSF and while the Slipknot isn’t the mind fuck that Saratoga offered, the whole package is the real deal. It probably occurs to the not so casual setlist observer that the human algorithm that creates these setlists only gave the band a chance to do the full HSF once at the beginning and once at the end of the tour. Similarly, all roads lead to this ,long-awaited Estimated>Eyes but it elusively slipped just out of range at the other tour opportunities. Interesting…
Brokedown is heart-rending. JM is very good on this. Can I call the Touch the best Touch? It is, despite a flub. Another song that makes more sense in the ‘what now’ decade.
Subject: Dear Devil's friend.
Subject: Thank you taper!
Subject: Perfect ending to great tour
Subject: Great Show
Subject: interested in the balloons and barking story
Subject: Balloons and Barking
Subject: What an experience
My friends and I really enjoyed the show on night 1 of the Wrigley Field, 2021 run, although we got rained on and delayed twice. On the first night my buddy's wife came with us. She didn't really know the Dead at all but she really loved it. She had not planned on coming for night 2, so I gave her my ticket and bought an extra one on Stubhub.
The stubhub mobile ticket, though, didn't have a barcode in the email, so I was worried that it wouldn't work.
Sure enough, at the entrance gate with thousands of people swarming in, they sent me over to the ticket booth to sort out my faulty stubhub ticket. So I told my friends to go up and I'd find them later.
As I was working my way across the horde of people coming in, a woman asked me "do you need a ticket?". I said yes, she had an extra, and we went right in together. I caught up with my friends on the ramp up to our seats. A miracle in 20 seconds or less! Whoever you were, thank you again!
And the best part for me and my friend is that his wife really loved the shows, she just totally got it.
As for the show, really great. There was a lot of joy on the stage and in the crowd. I usually end up with my eyes closed and don't see a whole lot, but when I did look up at one point, I saw John and Jeff facing one another, trading licks, and it looked like they were really having a great time. The entire band was cohesive, bouncing off of each other's playing. It was exactly what you'd hope for in a Grateful Dead show. Drums and Space really hit hard, too.
One guy in our row shook all 3 of us out of a trance *twice* during Drums/Space so he could go to the bathroom (I suppose) and come back. If you're going to leave during Drums/Space, you should at least wait til it's over to come back, or go back somewhere else...I'm just saying... He did the same thing during Brokedown Palace. He had the knack for choosing the worst possible moment, which we got a laugh out of, at least.
Subject: very nice
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